Well it’s playoff time in the NFL, and that means one thing, everyone seems to be Seattle Seahawks fan. The Seahawks fans call themselves “the 12th Man” which sounds cute. But here is the problem with the 12th man: he only watches the game from the sidelines; he never actually gets in the game. There is even a campaign that says, “I’m In.” Painting your face, buying a T-shirt, raising a flag, posting on social media, or even going to the game doesn’t mean you are “in,” it just means you are present. Even if “your” team does win, you don’t get the trophy or the ring, you just get to eat a few extra nachos.
Now before all of my Seattle fan readers get all upset, you ARE part of a movement by being the 12th man. You just aren’t in the game. You aren’t taking the hits. Let’s be honest; you were probably in your underwear eating your Frosted Flakes when the guys who are playing in the game are already on the field warming up for the game. Being a part of a movement is a great thing, but leading movements is even better. There is a lot of safety in being a part of a group of people on the sidelines. There is very little safety in allowing an angry 300-pound man to throw his body at you and knock you to the ground.
I have a confession… sometimes I approach life like the 12th man. I’m there, and I am even cheering for everyone who is in the game. There are times when I even coach the game. I have a passion and a gifting for helping others discover their passions and make their dreams happen. Those are all great things, but for me, I know it’s time to put myself out there and get in the game more. Some things I have been dreaming about for years are going to become reality this year. In the weeks and months ahead, I will have some big announcements coming your way. I will probably take some hits, and that is ok.
My word of the year for 2015 is: TACKLE
For 2015, I have made a decision; I’m going to skip the resolutions and just be resolved. Resolve is so much better than making list since I don’t like lists. So I decided to joint the tribe at OneWord365. You should join with us!
2014 was a year for me with lots of big goals, some that were achieved and some that haven’t quite crossed the finish line. The first week of 2015 has been full of life throwing punches — close friends and family dealing with death, divorce, and sickness. Life is going to be full of disappointment, delayed dreams, and heartbreak. Being a leader doesn’t exclude you from these things, in fact, it just makes you a bigger target because you are out front. Following Jesus doesn’t mean life is going to be easy, it just means that He is going to call you places where you are outside your comfort zone.
I love Rocky Balboa’s speech to his son in the last Rocky movie, “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
I’m reminded of Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” There is no way I am going to be able to conquer the things I want to this year without God’s help, but I am confident that with His strength, anything is possible. So often we hear verses like this and act like those promises don’t apply to us. So with the power of the Creator of the universe, 2015 will be the year of the Tackle. I don’t know what lies before me, but I know that I will be coming at you head lowered and ready to hit hard. I’m sure there will be some obstacles and some defeats, but I plan on getting up and plowing through.
Comment below and let me know what your one word for 2015 is…